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Location: Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
my name is Gordon Falconer. I was born in Ayrshire in Scotland and moved to The Netherlands in 1995.
I'm an engineering turner, having served my time with British Aerospace. After years of working in factories I gave up the daily grind to become a musician. A wife and two children later I decided that going back to a 'proper' job was needed. As a mechanical engineer I had a great time working all over Europe and the Middle East but unfortunately I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease and had to give up this career as well.
I'd always fancied a go at wood turning and as my father is a carpenter to trade, I've kind of worked with wood on and off most of my life, so I bought a lathe and had a go !!
I play the Bodhran (Irish frame drum) so decided to make some tippers (the single stick used for playing). About 5 years ago I'd said to an Irish friend of mine Brendan White who makes handmade Bodhrans here in The Netherlands, that I reckoned could make decent tippers - it took a while but I got round to it. Two weeks after I got my lathe I visited Brendan to let him have a look at my work. Much to my relief he loved them and said they were among the best he'd seen in his 30 years of Bodhran playing and making - that made my day !!!
And here we are....I started Falconwood in August 2010, so I'm back where I started all those years ago. Only now, instead of turning metal I'm turning wood, and loving every minute of it !
-- If you can't be good.........be good at it !!!!! http://www.falconwood.nl
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